This is a well written, well organized textbook. Book 1 covers basic Islamic knowledge beginning with tawheed (Islamic monotheism), and continuing with Quranic studies that include tafseer (explanation and commentary). It also has sections on the science of Hadith and the sources of Islamic law (fiqh).
Experienced educator and scholar Dr. Bilal Philips has written this excellent four-year high school Islamic Studies curriculum. Part one (the first year), Islamic Studies Book 1, may be used in Grade 7, 8 or 9. Book 1 covers basic Islamic knowledge beginning with the concept of tawheed (the Islamic concept of monotheism), and continuing with Quranic studies that include the science of tafseer (explanation and commentary) with examples given of select chapters of the Noble Qur’an. Book 1 also covers the science of Hadith and the sources of Islamic law (fiqh). Study questions at the end of every unit help the student to make use of his or her new knowledge and assess progress. This is a well written, well organized textbook that teachers and students of Islamic Studies will find indispensable.
This book covers the very basis of the religion of Islam, the belief in the oneness of Allah. In this book, all the relevant Verses have been discussed reasonably, rationally and sincerely; and the essence of the Qur’an and Sunnah is placed in a very simple and appealing manner. This is the reason that the upright persons, beyond groupism and prejudices, have been adopting the correct Islamic path – the path of the Qur’an and Sunnah – under the influence of the basic facts and proofs produced herein.
The Metholodology Of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah On Criticizing
This book is a translation of the monumental treatise “Manhaj Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fee Naqd-ir-Rijaal wal-Kutub wat-Tawaa’if” [The Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah on Criticizing Individuals, Books and Groups] by Shaykh Rabee’ bin Haadee Al-Madkhaalee. Although this book has been written in recent times, it has become a classical work and an important source of reference in its own right due to the vast amount of knowledge and clarification of fundamental principles regarding the methodology of the Salaf that are contained in it. This is why the scholars of this era, the likes of Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen Al-Albaanee, Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen, Saalih Al-Fawzaan and countless others have praised this book in particular and its author in general.
Explanation of a Summary of al-‘Aqeedatul-Hamawiyyah Of Ibn Taymiyyah:
One of the works on this subject is his (Ibn Taymiyyah’s) “al-Fatwaa al-Hamawiyyah” which he wrote as an answer to a question presented to him in the Hijrah year of 698 from Hamaah, a place in ash-Shaam. In it, he was asked what the scholars and Imaams of the religion say concerning the Aayaat and the Ahaadeeth of the Sifaat, or the attributes and characteristics of Allaah. So he answered in about 83 pages and due to which, he suffered trials and afflictions. May Allaah reward him on behalf of Islaam and the Muslims with the best of rewards.
Allaah has sent Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) with guidance and the true religion. He sent him as a mercy to the world, as an example for the workers, and as a proof against all the servants. He (Muhammad) fulfilled the trust, conveyed the message, advised the Ummah, and he clarified for the people all of what they need regarding the foundations of their religion as well as its detailed matters. He left no good except that he clarified it and encouraged it, and he left no evil but that he warned the Ummah from it so much so that he left his Ummah upon a clear, white path – its night as clear as its day. His companions traversed this path, shining and radiant.
Afterwards, the best generations took it from them in the same state until oppression frowned upon them with the darkness of various innovations by which the innovators conspired against Islaam and its people. The people then wandered in confusion purposelessly, and they began building their ‘Aqeedah beliefs upon a spider’s web.
However, the Lord upholds His religion with His close helpers upon whom He bestows Eemaan, knowledge, and wisdom by which they prevent these enemies. They repel their plot back against their own throats. So no one ever comes out with his innovation except that Allaah – and for this deserves praise and thanks – destines to send someone from Ahlus-Sunnah who refutes and disproves his innovation and extinguishes it.
He has many works on the clarification and explanation of the Sunnah, the reinforcement of its pillars, and the destruction of innovations.
One of the works on this subject is his “al-Fatwaa al-Hamawiyyah” which he wrote as an answer to a question presented to him in the Hijrah year of 698 from Hamaah, a place in ash-Shaam. In it, he was asked what the scholars and Imaams of the religion say concerning the Aayaat and the Ahaadeeth of the Sifaat, or the attributes and characteristics of Allaah. So he answered in about 83 pages and due to which, he suffered trials and afflictions. May Allaah reward him on behalf of Islaam and the Muslims with the best of rewards.
Due to the difficulty in understanding and comprehending this answer from many readers, I wanted to summarize the most important points from it along with some other needed additions. I have named it “Fathu Rabb-il-Bariyyah bi-Talkhees al-Hamawiyyah.”
I first published it in the Hijrah year 1380. I am now publishing it a second time and perhaps changing what I see beneficial of additions or deletions.
By: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen Pages: 208 (Paperback) Publisher: Tarbiyyah Bookstore